Retail and Sustainability

Meijer reduces carbon footprint by 60 percent

November 15, 2013
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As part of its ongoing green initiatives, Meijer Inc. said it has utilized innovative technology to improve fuel efficiency in its fleet, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in the company’s carbon footprint since it first began implementing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 near-zero emissions standards three years ago.

The company now boasts one of the largest all-clean diesel fleets in North America, according to David Hoover, director of outbound logistics.

Hoover noted it now takes 47 of the new 2010 compliant trucks to equal the same emissions as one of the older trucks that were replaced.

“This is an extremely rewarding achievement that truly speaks to our commitment to the environment,” said Rick Keyes, executive vice president of supply chain operations and manufacturing. “Not only are we integrating cutting-edge technology into our business, we’re also working under the philosophy that to be a good company, we must be a good neighbor.”

The improvement is particularly significant given that Meijer makes deliveries to its stores 26 times each week.

The Meijer fleet was the first in North America to implement the federal clean emissions standards that feature near-zero emissions technology, and today the retailer’s fleet of 170 semi-trucks meets or exceeds those requirements.

Meijer’s fleet today boasts:

  • 47 percent reduction in particulate matter
  • 55 percent reduction (525 U.S. tons) of nitrogen oxide
  • 3 percent reduction (9,300 U.S. tons) of carbon dioxide
  • 5 percent increase in fuel economy, saving 105,570 gallons of fuel each year. In five years, that savings will equal 527,850 gallons of fuel, or 52,785 barrels of oil.

The Meijer fleet is comprised of 170 Freightliner Cascadia trucks equipped with new fuel-efficient, reduced-emissions engines. They feature selective catalytic reduction, or SCR, technology that treats nitrogen oxide emissions downstream in the exhaust so the engine can be tuned to run more efficiently and economically.

Selective catalytic reduction technology consists of an after-treatment catalyst system that allows engine exhaust to be treated with a non-hazardous fluid known as diesel exhaust fluid that reduces harmful nitrogen oxides into simple nitrogen and water.

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